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Mark Farrell, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology

Pictured is Mark Farrell, Ph.D., professor biological sciences and chair of the NSET department. | Photo by Jim Judkis
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Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry Secondary Education, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Science, Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organic/Biochemistry
  • Environmental Sciences I

Background

Professor Mark Farrell, Ph.D., has taught at Point Park for 24 years. Most recently, Farrell and Point Park 2010 biological sciences alumna Michelle Guaragno have formed the foundation for Marelle LLC, a company that will develop commercial applications for a novel chemical process that can be applied to a wide range of compounds such as antioxidants, ultraviolet light (U.V.) blockers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  The essence of Farrell and Guaragno's discoveries was to employ nanoparticles, commonly called fullerenes, to enable water insoluble substances to become water soluble. Their “Marelle Process” allows commercially valuable compounds (approved by the FDA and the EPA) to retain their fundamental desirable properties and now be used in previously impossible ways.

Research Interests

  • Functionalization of fullerenes, a.k.a. buckyballs

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